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Will Bosi flashes Isla de Encanta (Font 8B)

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Will Bosi has flashed Isla De Encanta (Font 8B) on the Shelter Stone at  Trowbarrow. With his ascent, Will joins a small number of Brits who have flashed the grade and becomes only the second to have done it in the UK.

Will on his flash of Isla de Encanta  © Band of Birds
Will on his flash of Isla de Encanta
© Band of Birds

He told UKC: 'Isla de Encanta has been one of the lines which has caught my eye since I was a kid. When stopping off at Trowbarrow on my way back from Edinburgh, I was keen to give it a go. I waited until night for the best conditions and everything fell perfectly into place first time. It was a really short stay here but I am keen to come back up to the Lakes and explore some more areas soon!'

Will has been in superb form this summer, making quick ascents of the major Peak Limestone Font 8B+'s. He climbed Bewilderness at Badger Cove in just four attempts, Tomahawk at Roche Abbey (not quite Peak Lime) in 25 degree heat, and got the 3rd ascent of Superman Sit Start at Cressbrook.

The rest of Will's year will be largely based around preparing for the European Championships in Moscow this November. It's the final competition where Olympic hopefuls can qualify and Will will be looking to win or be the highest placed eligible non-qualified climber.

The list of Brits who have flashed Font 8B or above includes Tyler Landman with an unnamed one in Valais, Nathan Phillips with Ropes of Maui in Llanberis Pass, and Ned Feehally with Trust Issues, an 8B+ in Rocklands. James Pearson also managed to flash two in 2007, but they have since settled at 8A+ - a feat which is no less impressive, considering how few people had climbed at that level at the time.

Trowbarrow has been a hotbed of activity recently (for one person at least). Aidan Roberts climbed his new problem Outliers before warming down on Isla de Encanta. In May, Aidan also made a rare ascent of Shallow Groove - a problem that he can now run laps on.


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